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Is Europe too dependent on Russian energy?

July 12th 2017 - 10:00

For Carnegie Europe’s blog Judy Asks, a panel of experts answers the question of whether Europe is (still) too dependent on Russian energy, and if so what consequences this carries. According to Sijbren de Jong the situation differs greatly by country. Some countries are 100 percent reliant on Russian gas, whereas in others this dependence is negligible. There is more than enough gas in world markets, so the trick is to have a diversified portfolio of suppliers. The EU energy union sets out to do exactly that. In this respect, the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would transport Russian gas to Germany under the Black Sea, is problematic and runs counter to this idea.

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Sijbren de Jong is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS and lecturer in Geo-Economics at Leiden University, The Hague. He has a PhD in EU external energy security relations from the University of Leuven and holds degrees in Economic Geography (MSc) from the University of Groningen and Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (MA) from the University of Leuven. His geographical areas of expertise include Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region; Central and Eastern Europe; and the Western Balkans.